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Innana: Diane Wolkstein
Music composed and played by Geoffrey Gordon
Running Time: 50 Minutes
Diane Wolkstein Tells the World’s First Love Story
Through voice, gesture and song, Diane Wolkstein brings to life the 4,000 year old epic of the goddess Inanna’s emergence into womanhood. The video’s subtle interweaving of performance, interview, and Sumerian art and landscape prepares the twentieth century viewer to accompany the Great Goddess of Love and Fertility on her courageous journey to the underworld. Geoffrey Gordon’s haunting music on hard, drums and flute adds a timeless quality to one of the world’s most passionate and compelling myths.
“Erotic and comic, terrifying and triumphant, Wolkstein’s performance evokes the mystery and deep humanity of Inanna and of the Sumerians. This video is invaluable to our students both as an alternative to the canon of male-oriented texts and as an entry into world literature.” – Patricia Clark-Smith, English Professor, University of New Mexico–Albuquerque
“This is the best storytelling tape of a storyteller I’ve ever seen… Wolkstein becomes one with the story and the story seems to flow from her very being…” – National Storytelling Journal, Jonesborough, Tennessee
“To hear, to see Diane Wolkstein perform INANNA is to understand the power of myth.” – Oliver Bernier, Art Lecturer, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Performance adapted from the book, INANNA, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer by Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer, Harper & Row, 1983.
Archeology, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, Media Studies, Mythology, Religion, Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies
©1988 Diane Wolkstein
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